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  1. 10 points
    For anyone interested I would also like to give an insight it to the "testing fiasco" in the UK hospitals that has been reported in the news this week and give the facts. I am working for a company who directly supplies and supports hospital laboratories for virology testing. I was in an NHS lab in London this week preparing instruments to do the testing. Various ministers and the press have been comparing our testing to other countries as inadequate and why can't we ramp up the testing as others have done. Here are the reasons: The NHS Pathology laboratories have undergone a large consolidation over the past years to a hub and spoke model under NHSi (improvement). This has reduced year on year the number of labs able to do this sort of molecular test using PCR. The labs left who do have molecular facilities and trained staff have been and are working flat out to meet testing demand. The thing is they don't just have tests, spare equipment and spare staff waiting for a pandemic, they of course have to also do routine testing for STI screening, HIV, Hep C and Hep B viral loads etc. It has also been reported some labs have been told by the government they aren't allowed to test. This is because those labs mostly don't have the right equipment and staff for the PCR test. The government are managing the resources we have to make sure the testing is done where it is needed most ie large cities. Companies like the one I work for have been placing extra equipment in labs and getting them up and running with the test. The laboratory staff have to be trained and then validate the tests to ensure they are passing QC and work with absolute reliability. Highly skilled Biomedical Scientist staff have to be retrained on safely processing the infectious patient samples and using the test. All of this can't just happen overnight. Commercial companies have designed, produced, gained FDA approval for the tests in a record time the likes of which have never been seen. Now we have to manage the distribution with assistance from government to get the tests to where they are needed. The materials required for the tests are correctly refered to as reagents. One government minister tried to explain to the press the above but said the "chemicals are in limited supply". Someone then contacted the chemical industry to ask if chemicals are in short supply. Of course bulk and fine chemicals are not. So the answer came back as such causing further confusion as if someone is not telling the truth. In short despite what the press report and some ministers say. Please be assured that diagnostic companies and NHS Molecular laboratories up and down the UK are working flat out to deliver the testing to those who need it. Antibody tests which are less complex than PCR tests to roll out are now being produced and gaining approval. It is these tests which can determine who has had the infection and is immune. Molecular tests directly detect the viral RNA to diagnose a current acute infection. I hope this clarifies atleast some of the murky water we find ourselves in.
  2. 10 points
    You're sharing a forum with Hybrid_From_Hell who can end up in A+E just making a cup of tea and you're wondering how someone could injure themselves working on their car?
  3. 10 points
    Hi all, I'm currently rebuilding the LT230T 43D of our Td5 Defender after an issue in the transmission which eventually turned out to be in the front axle. Fortunately I enjoy doing this - I've always wanted to do a gearbox and I can honestly say that it is the best way to learn how it works and how to treat it. I also took the opportunity to make some photographs. Initially because the thing looks very nice - it's almost a pity to have to hide it in the casing - but I also realised that I have never seen comparable images. I intended to post these images later because some things should still be improved, but since a member is currently experiencing issues with his CDL, I figured that I already should post what I have. Presumably a lot of forum members know how it works, but for the others I'll try to explain a bit. Feel free to correct or add. Please mind that I have invested quite some effort in making these - so respect my copyright. This is the complete centre differential with shifting forks and output shafts: Here the forks are removed: and now the output shafts too: The large cylindrical volume is the diff carrier which houses the differential gears. The two large gears are the high gear (smaller) and low gear (larger). They each freely rotate on the shaft and as long as the main gearbox is in gear they're driven continuously by the input shaft through the intermediate gears which are not shown. The set of small teeth with large distance between them - dog teeth - are each part of the large sprocket: In between the dog teeth one can see a more finely splined part with a large grooved ring around it - the high/low gear selector ring. The splined part is fixed to the differential housing, and by shifting the selector ring over the dog teeth of one of the gears, that gear will take the diff housing along in its rotation. In these pictures the ring is between the two large sprockets, so the LT230 is in neutral. If the R380/LT77 would be in gear with the engine running, only the two gears would rotate - the diff housing wouldn't. In the following pictures the assembly is positioned the other way round - left and right are switched (one of the reasons I want to remake some of the images). Half of the diff housing is removed, one can see the actual differential. On the left is now a smaller ring over the splined end of the diff carrier. That's the diff lock selector. Again, you see a set of dog teeth, this time they are part of the output shaft (you can see the shafts below). The shafts can rotate freely, so the small differential gears can do their work in compensating any differences in rotation of both axles. So diff lock is off. Here the diff lock selector has moved over the dog teeth. The shaft is now connected to the diff housing. None of the parts can move or rotate in relation to one another - everything is connected as if it is one piece, so diff lock is on: These are just the output shafts and diff gears. You can see the dog teeth on the left. The spiral at the right drives the speedo cable. And here they are relative to the whole assembly (although the gears should be meshing, the main reason why I want to remake the series). Hope you enjoy it and that it can help some people. Greetings, Joris
  4. 9 points
    They have indeed given them out, and oh boy i wish i was allowed to take it off road and really test it. Done some road miles in one, literally a heres the keys jump in and go so haven't read the books, gone from a 2003 defender to it and there are sooooooooo many functions and options i wish i had time to test off in mud, but rules say no as somebody agreed to hand them back with all panels straight and not hammered..... dear landrover uk if you want to loan me one for a decent test i will definitely take it lol!!!!! see how it copes in a real mixed environment of work for say 6 months. so on road thoughts, cruise control is a lil fiddly to set up, but never used before so thats a learning curve. live camera rear view mirror, - love it reverse camera and fact it shows you people stood along side - love it cubby box fridge - love it phone to set up and talk, love it - other half says its ace and soooo quiet as i called her sat nav is hundred times better than red cross tom tom carp, and if i could find button to turn on voice be perfect auto box - never driven a single yard in an auto before so really a beginer here - its ace, very smooth stop/start tech at lights etc - yep i want it take off when right foot is applied hard, omg its a speeding ticket here we come but very smooth and rapid - could i afford the mpg, dont know as havent fuelled it yet an odd one but how quick can i wipe clean with wipes ( multi driver/covid stuff) actually its ok, doesnt half smear the sat nav screen though box on side - hate it folded down rear seats not totally flat - hate it dear god whats with tow eyes in rear bumper and expect to tow artics....too in face engine bay, oh carp theres not a spare inch watched a video above, that remind me i hate steering wheel, its too fiddly in design for those of us with big hands/fingers, fingers catch holes and you wander lanes as its twitchy at 70, needs to be cleaner all based on some road miles and not reading manual, just get in and go. if i can figure out how to attach pics from mobile i will
  5. 8 points
    Discovered play in the water pump pulley today, which is probably causing the squeak that’s been coming from the engine recently. It does give me an excuse to try out the building though, so I put the 90 in this afternoon. As you can see there is plenty of room down both sides of the car for access and with it slightly over to the right no hinderance in front of the workbench.
  6. 8 points
    They are doing their best, just the same as most right minded folks. People will find fault whatever colour government are in place, it's what people do and of course it's dead easy but it's not so easy if they were the ones trying to pick a path through this or that minefield. The media has much to answer for. The worm has slowly turned recently and instead of promoting a general sense of national unity the tone is one of criticism and opportunistic point scoring which has a real effect on the sheeple of this land. This is an emergency on a global scale, yet the obsession with devolved regional government in our once United Kingdom has meant we now have a Heinz 57 variety of guidelines depending on which side of this or that border you live. We forget the importance of the broadly united stance the mainstream press took during WW2, lessons could be learned from the many informative public information films that made use of talented folks in the government, media and entertainment industries. Yes there have and are campaigns running at the moment but they need to be on every station and media outlet all the time. Hammer the messages home. We have come so far but forgotten so much.
  7. 8 points
    It's times like these that really makes you re assess your priorities. I'm now acutely aware of how I've been wasting precious resources. I'm really looking at my Landrover use, and asking myself " is this right? Should I be using my Landrover like this?" So, I've decided. Life is too short to waste in an eurobox, I'm going to make my series my daily car, unless I need to bring passengers.
  8. 8 points
  9. 8 points
    Could not resist buying this for the tree quite sad really regards Stephen
  10. 7 points
    Why not post the answer for the benefit of future folks?
  11. 7 points
    This is my valentines card off my good lady So to modify a couple of Landrover statements . The best wife x far and One wife love it regards Stephen
  12. 7 points
    I am furloughed on what is effectively sub minimum wage, and probably will not have a job to go back to. BUT, I like being am home. Lucky in that I have loads of space and plenty do here, vehicles, machinery, building work, animals, fencing etc, and have appreciated the gift of time. I can cope with isolation very well, and have often said that if I never had to speak to another human being, it would be fine. Interests and hobbies are the key, and it always surprises me how many people have no interests in anything "real". Watching football and buying the latest club "B" team away shirt or watching F1 is NOT a hobby. In fact, if I could see a way to get by financially, I would not go back to work. Its such a drag on ones time.
  13. 7 points
    As well as putting a coat of white paint on the finished walls, today I’ve finally done the cladding trims round the windows. Finishes it off quite nicely I think.
  14. 7 points
    Finally got it on the road! Going to enjoy the 3,5 for now as I sort out the million issues that comes when you put one og BL's finest engineering back on the road after several years og neglect. And yes I've already had the obligatory electrical fire while driving 😂
  15. 7 points
    Mods please delete if not allowed.. I have a CNC plasma, I don't charge a setup fee, and a pressbrake. I can work to cad drawings or sketches. Drop me an email mike@blackbirdindustries.co.uk Hope this helps,
  16. 7 points
    Bit of an update, had the truck back for a few weeks now, everything is tip top! In the end I'm glad to have gotten it fixed instead of trying to double down losses and sell. With all the down time due to quarantines I painted the rims and front headlight shrouds (more out of boredom than anything else)
  17. 7 points
    My job is a mix of going out and about to hospital labs to visit customers (always viewed that as the fun part of my job) and then working from home catching up on paperwork, filling in tender responses etc. I have to admit it has always irritated me that many of my neighbours have made sarcastic comments about me "working from home again" if I pop out to the shop at lunchtime or go to post a letter as if I'm just sat indoors watching TV or playing computer games. They don't see that I started work before many people would have got to the office and if I have a deadline to meet I can continue work when they would have left the office. Maybe now people will realise it can actually be quite productive working from home with no twice daily commute to and from the office as well as less sick days because you aren't catching and spreading other people's colds added to the fact you might still be able to work from home if you feel under the weather a bit where otherwise you might not have bothered to go into the office because you can't face sitting in traffic or sitting in a room with a person you don't really like very much.
  18. 7 points
    made me cringe until I realised it was on your finger...
  19. 7 points
    Having said all the above, I've just bought a chain saw.
  20. 7 points
    Sun has been shining today, so I skived off work and put some more cladding on.
  21. 7 points
    It is alive 😀 I have just done a nice and varied 30 mile trip up hill and down dale (in beautiful weather - blue skies above the mists). I chose some reasonable hills and there have been plenty of gear changes so hopefully a good bit of variable engine speed. On initial cranking with the solenoid disconnected, the oil pressure didn't rise enough to switch the warning lamp off. After four decent cranks and the lamp still on, I re-connected and cranked one more time to fill the injector pipes. I had thought that I'd see diesel spirting from the tops of the injectors but the pipes were sitting quite close and there was none, although there was diesel in the tops. So I nipped up the unions and at the next crank it fired in the first revolution. There was a bit of white smoke as I pulled away and then it was gone. This afternoon I'll put some more miles on. It feels like a hooray moment.
  22. 7 points
    Yes i have considered it, and it is the right way to go but the cost of owning a Defender in Malta in prohibitive of my budget. The Series are easier to acquire here and easier to maintain in term road licence and insurance. I like hacking and making thing personal but i do not in any way want to make a defender from a series. But make a Series just more livable on modern roads . Hey Mike here the pics that broke from my original post Here is my Mini transformation she is my pride and joy but it was bitch to bring back : Now back to Land Rovers
  23. 7 points
    I found this on tinternet and though folks here might appreciate the photos! https://www.reddit.com/r/overlanding/comments/edl70w/the_time_my_dad_drove_across_tanzania_towing_a/
  24. 7 points
    A little more progress this weekend sees the front suspension back together and the front callipers assembled with pads and new pins. I have also put a couple of coats of paint on the fuel tank and steering box I then thought I would remove the loom from the old chassis. Cue some swearing and I was puzzled why it was stuck. I cut the top off a section of chassis and found the cause When I fitted the rear crossmember a few years ago I threaded the loom through a tennis ball to prevent it getting damaged from the welding. It worked perfectly by the looks of it. Just totally forgot I did that.
  25. 6 points
    I think the spec and looks are good, keen to see prices, this could be the killer if they have the same inflated egos of LR and Jeep (now in Europe) All the folks defending the spec & design of the new Defender, and all the bullpoo from LR that you can't meet modern safety and climate regs any other way, kind of have to eat humble pie now. I can’t wait to see the first back to back decent off road test between this and the new Defender.
  26. 6 points
    Same here - I'd love to be sat at the pub in the sunshine but nothing about the virus has actually changed.
  27. 6 points
    As we're doing puppy pictures... Got this chap just before the lockdown, 4mths old, mother is a springador, dad is pure lab. Picture taken shortly after a bath, due to his first dip in the tide pool at Weston-Super-Mare Hoping to work him, instincts seem good. Attempts to retrieve pigeons in the garden. Never trained a working dog but getting some tips from a pro. Still not made any progress on the 110, as it's at the wrong house!!
  28. 6 points
  29. 6 points
    I'm what they call 'The Soft Estate Manger' for Highways England. So essentially a Landscape Manager or Estate Manager. There's only one of me in the UK, but my patch is Tewkesbury to Penzance, to Southhampton, to Swindon; all the Motorways and Trunks. As I work with engineers, I tend to end up doing all the things that confuse them. They find trees and green very confusing but that means they like to cut the budgets year on year and not bother to ask before they make decisions.... Our motto at HE is 'Progress through inefficiency, sustainable incompetence for a brighter future' but I can't say that in public
  30. 6 points
    Ive got 3 kids, 2 are school age and it's taking me 2-3 hours a day per child to do their homework with them. It's been educational for me too, I didn't know what an expanded noun with a prepositional phrase was until yesterday. I feel it will be useful in my future vocation for sure! I'm at work 1 day a week and supposed to be working from home in between (ha!). I've done a bit of DIY - I've kocked down the wall between the kitchen, hall and dining room to make one open plan room. Moved lots of services, burn't my hand with hot water by being too lazy to drain the central heating system, fitted bluetooth ceiling speakers which is a nice gadget! Currently filling all the holes in with plasterboard ready for a plasterer to come in, not sure when, I might get brave enough to try if I get bored. Can't get the flooring until mid may, might put a new kitchen in when things re-open. My car which I had an accident in in February is stuck in a closed bodyshop and the other guys insurance are suggesting they might refuse the hire car charge as we have taken an unreasonable amount of time when they offered to repair it for us. Steamed the little steam train I bought as an unfinished project for the first time before it's stripped for paint. Part of the regulator broke, looks like it was made from the wrong material so that needs to be fixed and tried again. Couple of other workshop projects on the go but only 1 car related and that minor it's not worth mentioning. Wife got an automatic vacuum last week which we are currently programming. No instructions with it so just winging it, pictured below! So far we've found the snooze button And the gardening button We still have some debate over what is rubbish though
  31. 6 points
    What a lovely weekend I've had - Had to nip back to South Africa last week to do some work shipping classic cars back from Durban, and decided to do a little more work on my rolling restoration S2a and drive it back the 640Km to Johannesburg. I'm going to have a go at getting it up to a national park in Zimbabwe later in the year, so made some sense to have a stab at some jobs that need doing and give it a decent road test - as I bought it blind on the 'net & only used it once.. First thing that became apparant from the savage clunking I'd forgotten about was every leaf spring bush was shot to bits & the rubber was gone. Happened to drive past a leaf spring repair workshop who changed every bush for.. £45. Bonus. Had a new rad & alternator fitted last year, so aside from fixing a few oil leaks and topping up, fitting a dual battery system, adjusting some door hinges, fitting seatbelts and a swapping a couple of bits of delaminated glass courtesy of a great local landy specialist, I was off. Great engine the 2.6 straight six petrol - made light work of the steep hills through Kwa Zulu Natal, chugged uphill happily holding 50mph and a little quieter than a diesel. Turned in 24mpg overall, not bad for a 50 year old engine. Passed through some of the old Boer war battlefields, Blood River the most famous, before stopping for the night at a game ranch at Vrede (breeds game and lions etc for farming & hunting) - got in some great off-roading on the ranch and enjoyed spectacular scenery with herds of game running through the open landscape. After a morning spent playing with lion cubs, hit the road again through the wide open countryside of the Free State and on to Johannesburg. The old S2a never missing a beat all the way and getting lots of attention from other drivers - sadly a rare sight on the roads now.
  32. 6 points
    Please show my posts to your friends and son. I have explained in previous posts, I am working first hand with molecular Pathology labs to support them with Covid testing. Pathology is a hidden part of a hospital, as a result knowledge of tests done in Pathology typically does not extend beyond the labs to doctors and nurses. Instead the results are simple given to clinicians to be able to make a clinical decision. The misconception as I understand comes from the fact initial tests that were provisionally procured by the NHS which were rapid lateral flow devices (similar in principle to a pregnancy test you buy in a shop for use at home) before any commercial PCR tests were launched for covid-19. These lateral flow tests were found to be inaccurate and unreproducible. This is why their use was not rolled out for the diagnosis of Covid-19. Instead as PCR tests became available it is these that were validated by molecular labs in the UK and are now being used to test people with clinical symptoms of the infection. There is much confusion between the different types of tests around. It is this confusion I am doing my best to try and provide clarity, dispelling any misconception or misinformation. I can categorically tell everyone that the rapid lateral flow tests which are not accurate are NOT being used atleast in the UK Pathology labs to confirm a diagnosis of covid-19. They may be purchased by individuals on ebay or amazon, but these results are worthless. If your son or someone he lives with has been tested positive by PCR and is being made to work, this is completely contrary to government instruction. As such it should be escalated as high as possible within the place he works at. I hope this helps.
  33. 6 points
    I got the new engine dropped in this weekend. I have got it mounted on the two rear mounts, (one on the transfer box and one on the gearbox), just need to work out some engine mounts now. Ideally I want to pick up on the existing chassis mounts so I don't have to weld to my galvanised chassis.
  34. 6 points
    To give a little credibility to this post, although I'm not a virologist, I do speak to them regularly in my work and of course the topic of choice right now is this very subject. I'm working in the diagnostics business providing one of the RT-PCR tests and equipment (Google m2000sp/rt if you're interested) to diagnose this strain of coronavirus in hospital labs. Although there are speculations, unfortunately at the moment we do not know for sure how fast this particular coronavirus mutates or how long immunity to it will last. Generally speaking warmer and dryer weather helps lessen the effects of respiratory infections, but again this can't be guaranteed as we just don't know with this novel strain. My biggest worry about everyone out there is not illness from the virus itself but the effect of anxiety in many people as the amount of ever increasing deaths are being announced daily. If anxious about the increasing deaths, this thought helps me in a strangely odd way: If you look up UK death rate, we have about 500,000 people die in a year from old age, illness, accidents etc. This means that on average, just under 1400 people a day die in the UK anyway. As more and more people are infected with Covid 19 and test positive, then of course more of the 1400 deaths a day will also be positive for coronavirus and can then be reported in the news as a death after testing positive. This does skew the meaning a bit in my opinion. I wonder how many of the people dieing who are also tested positive for Covid 19 would have died regardless during 2020 of something else such as heart disease for example? The only way we can say with any certainty is see how many more than the expected 500,000 deaths there are in the UK in 2020. There have been suggestions that Covid 19 will have little effect on this number.
  35. 6 points
    Can I remind all that this is a forum for discussing Land Rover and 4x4-related matters and not for idle chat. More specifically, personal attacks and derisory language are not acceptable. Discussion on Coronavirus is no problem - but please keep it civil.
  36. 6 points
    Kitchen roll to toilet roll via bandsaw lol regards Stephen
  37. 6 points
    All back in one piece, road test done, seems OK.
  38. 6 points
    I have a 22 year old son and 18 year old daughter still living at home, he is in engineering and she is still at college. Son's company has been taking the Covid 19 issue extremely seriously and daughter was sent home along with the rest of her course yesterday as there were not enough students present to make the course sustainable for now. So far so good except daughter was given some concert tickets for her birthday recently and despite my strong advice she and her friend took themselves off to Wembley on the train last Thursday. Well that would be four trains in total there and back. They did some shopping, went to the concert, stayed in a hotel, did some more shopping then returned home. Except I banned her from the house and she is now residing in our living van out in our back paddock with only our horses for company. There's heat, 240v, cooker, fridge, tv, radio, double bed etc out there so it's not that much of a hardship.
  39. 6 points
    9 official criteria for NPD* grandiose sense of self-importance preoccupation with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love belief they’re special and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people or institutions need for excessive admiration sense of entitlement interpersonally exploitative behavior lack of empathy envy of others or a belief that others are envious of them demonstration of arrogant and haughty behaviors or attitudes *https://www.healthline.com/health/narcissistic-personality-disorder
  40. 6 points
    This weekend saw me doing a "quick" tour to deliver some IBC's to friends and move a Land Rover... IBC's ready for delivery. Dropping 2 IBC's off to Fridaynight, sleeping in the 110 was next. Saturday morning was another 160 kms. to deliver the last IBC and join the Ninety for the next job : What oh what will be loaded ???? YES !!!!!!!! His mother loves him, I'm sure, but the 300 Tdi was not really happy moving 6 tonnes around... Once the IIB FC was unloaded, next was this : All in all some 730 km. in 36 hrs. The 110 never missed a beat.
  41. 6 points
    I consider myself so very lucky. I have a 1991 CSW that I've owned since 1995 and I'm now into a complete tarmac up rebuild. I had the 3.5 V8 swapped for a 300Tdi in 2003 and never regretted it. Now, during my rebuild, I am treating it as a hobby, not a chore. This is important, because if it becomes a chore you will come to recent it. Sometimes I'll work in my shop for six hours, and other days I'll just enjoy going fishing. I'm fortunate in that I have another vehicle as my daily driver, but I am under pressure from my wife to complete the project, since it has now been over 3 years, and she wants us to go on a road trip and camping. By the way, I'm just past 77 yrs., and I had my first Landy in the early sixties, so Landy love doesn't die with years. Mike
  42. 6 points
    yes, I am doing the repower through Cummins South Africa/Botswana, so they are fitting the engine themselves and testing it before I get it, this way it isn't a "backyard" conversion and they can give me guarantees and are satisfied that the engine is correctly installed. the cummins crate engine comes in many varieties, with or without aircon, with or without catalyser, with or without power steering etc etc etc, we have chosen a variant without aircon (makes life easier for the right mounted steering box), and slightly "de-rated" from the MAX which these engines can give which is 160hp and 410NM which is too much for a R380 and too much for my drivers skill set... I will let you guys know how it goes. here are some pics of the preliminary fitting:
  43. 6 points
    Success! We got it lined up perfectly first time, on bulkhead bolt straight in and then the other needed a ratchet strap to pull the foot in by 2mm. All the rear cross member bolts then lined up exactly. Really pleased 😁
  44. 6 points
    Finally started getting the roof on. One side done, hopefully do the other side tomorrow.
  45. 6 points
    Probably my favourite from last year's trip to Iceland: The day is approaching its end, and the hills in the far distance catch the red of the setting sun. It was so incredibly silent, I literally had to search for a sound - only thing I could hear was my own body and the ticking of the Td5 cooling down... sigh... Joris
  46. 6 points
    There’s no way my bricklaying skills will stretch to that, or the budget for that matter! I’d like to do one in block/brick one day, but this will do for now. Got pretty much all the brickwork done now, just the gap for the side door to finish once I have confirmed the size. Pleased to say the earlier bits survived the frosts. It’s not the finest brickwork in the world but strong and pretty much level - nothing that can’t be taken up in the timber anyway. The opening for the main vehicle door is 2950mm - which will give me 2900mm once the frame trims are on. Plenty wide enough, even taking into account c. 100mm for the door that won’t be able to open beyond 90 degrees. Will get some more timber next week and see about starting framing up some walls while I wait to source a door. It will be 2500mm to the top of the wall plate, so plenty of height inside
  47. 6 points
  48. 6 points
    Finally ... all done! I splashed out in the end, because it's the vehicle I use for 'going where nobody has been for a long time' trips, which if something broke would generally involve a very long walk. It (my trusty 300Tdi) has also still only got 35,000 miles from new, so I decided it was worth investing. Final shopping list ended up being two ATBs, a full set of Ashcroft CVs, shafts and drive members, and after a bit of thought and "what the hell" I ordered a fully built up and pegged P38 rear diff (with an ATB in) from that Mr Barker that pops up on here occasionally. The front was the original 2 pin diff fitted to the vehicle when new, which had broken its 2 pin centre years ago, that was dragged out from under the bench, polished up and I fitted the new ATB centre. Because it's easier in a proper workshop, I wanted them fitted, and I don't have a lot of tinker time, the whole lot was then fitted at a garage a few weeks back. First impressions - the diffs haven't really been tested in anger yet but I like them. Steering effect is 'noticeable' but just different - and may loosen up with a bit of use. I've just come back from a 300 mile or so trip, most of which was gravel roads and off road, and you just adapt to driving it like you adapt to driving a vehicle with raised suspension where the steering doesn't quite feel the same, and very quickly you don't even think about it except when you get in from another vehicle. Off road, I haven't tried them in very tough conditions yet but faffing around on steep, loose or undulating slopes, the difference with the ATB is considerable. With diff lock in, it just goes up. Diff lock out, on the sort of grassy incline that would spin a front wheel out almost immediately on a standard vehicle, it still goes up. If you provoke it, the fronts will break traction but they'll work at it, and it almost feels like traction control trying to stop the wheels spinning. Any sort of slope where there is loose rock or undulations that would set off a front wheel spinning (usually followed by the opposite rear) - no problems. Sometimes you hear a slight gear noise (which I assume is the diff centre working) but it carries on with almost no wheelspin at all. I haven't figured out how much differential wheel speed is needed to activate the diff centre but it would appear very little - you never get aggressive wheelspin of the sort that you need to activate ETC for example. Cresting a cross-axle, the sort of thing where opposite corners would unload and spin out, it just doesn't. It's all rather like just having Velcro on the tyres. So far - I like them a lot, and especially because they're always there and working. It definitely looks like the right choice for 'real world off road use' - I suspect it wouldn't be for trials/competition where half the day is spent with wheels off the ground and a full locker would be superior. Now, an ATB with a full locker also built in ... would go in my Ibex one day After the late decision on the rear diff, I also now have a spare ATB, and just need to decide what to put it in
  49. 6 points
    I still don't understand the bitching about it being based on a Disco platform, given the "original" was effectively a Series body on a RR/Disco chassis... I mean how very dare they do exactly the same thing again, it's against tradition! Um... Anyway, I kinda like it.
  50. 6 points
    Right now, somewhere in Solihull, somebody in a big flouncy shirt is going into meltdown and shouting "WHY DIDN'T WE THINK OF THAT!!!"


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